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Woman Stressed from her job Yesterday seemed to fly by in a whirlwind as I mentioned in Day 1’s post. I ended up going to sleep sometime after 1 am and my alarm was set for 6:30 this morning. Even though I finally drug myself out of bed by 6:50, I didn’t feel as rushed getting out the door to work. However, once I arrived at work today, it was non-stop busy!

I managed to put my snacks and lunch food in the fridge and pour myself a cup of coffee before I had to sit down at my computer. After that, the craziness began. As I said yesterday, we are busy with inventory at work and at the same time, our accounting department is trying to create reports for the auditors. I’ve only been working at this company about 5 months so learning the systems is an ongoing process for me. I was in the middle of testing and retesting some options in the accounting software when we ran off for our weekly developers staff meeting.  I had just enough time to grab another cup of coffee before running into the conference room for the next hour.

Immediately after the meeting, I was only at my desk about 5 minutes before our controller was stopping by and requesting help on a report she was trying to create for the auditors. My boss overheard the conversation so he jumped in to try and help and that was the beginning to the rest of the busy day. I spent the next 6 hours of my workday running between my desk, the warehouse area to visit with the manager responsible for inventory, and the controller’s office at the other end of the building, while I asked questions to try and generate what she needed. Since my boss was also helping me with part of this report, I felt obligated to stay focused on the research and querying I was performing. Other than lunch time, I never gave myself a break.

After 11 am rolled by, I realized I missed my first snack time, which was to consist of a protein shake. Even though I wasn’t hungry or craving a meal, Bill Phillips always said it is important to eat every meal, even when you’re not hungry. It’s important to keep your metabolism up at an even level the entire day. I was disappointed I had missed that meal, but I had work to do.

By 1 pm, I was hungry and knew I had to break away to get some nourishment in my belly. In the past, I had struggled with what to eat for lunch on a daily basis. However, thanks to Bill Phillips “Eating for Life” cookbook, I was prepared. So at lunchtime today, I headed into the break room with my personal laptop and heated up my soup. (On Sunday, I had prepared Bill’s Beef and Barley Soup in our crockpot and I divided that into 8 or 9 servings so my husband and I could eat on it all week long. I have found that eating soup for lunch this time of year tastes good and keeps me warm in our somewhat chilly building.)

After lunch I went back to work and hustled the rest of the afternoon. I knew my husband was meeting me a few minutes before 5, so we could drop off my vehicle at the dealer for a little maintenance and again, I never got a chance to go into the break room to grab one of my healthy snacks. The report, my boss, the controller and my research just had me completely swamped.

We drove 40 miles to the next biggest town to drop off my Tahoe and do a little Christmas shopping, and in between doing those errands, we grabbed dinner at Applebees. This meal was not on my schedule, but when I sat down to plan out my weekly meals on Saturday, I had forgot about this appointment and the need to be away over our dinner hour. I decided that eating the Oriental Chicken Salad would satisfy me, even though I know it’s not the healthiest salad in the world. I split the salad in 2 and saved the 2nd half for lunch tomorrow. The bad news is, we bought the 2 for $20 meal option which came with an appetizer as well. It’s been some time since I’ve dug into a bowl of Spinach Artichoke dip, so we ordered that as a treat. (Bad idea – treating myself as I start off my transformation).

Now we are on our way back home and it’s almost 9 pm. I didn’t get my workout in again today. When I get home it’s time for a shower, grab some medicine I take for a nerve problem in my back (which incidentally, puts me to sleep a few hours later) and plan out my day for tomorrow.

I’m sure the workday will be just as busy tomorrow, but I really hope I can find a way to eat some of my snacks at my desk. Maybe I need to make my shake first thing in the morning and leave it in the break room fridge, so I don’t have to “make it” later in the day when I might be really busy. Yep, that sounds like a good plan.

 

Tomorrow’s challenges: Busy day at work and town meeting at 7 pm tomorrow night. Must get a workout in!

Successes: Stayed away from dessert at Applebees and didn’t stop at Baskin Robbins.

Failures: Missed 2 snacks and my daily workout. (the 2nd day in a row).

Planned Foods for Tuesday:

  • Breakfast
    • Rice Chex Cereal
    • Skim Milk
    • 1 Egg
    • Coffee with Sugar Free Creamer
  • Snack
    • Banana Flavored Vanilla Protein Shake
  • Lunch
    • Beef and Barley Soup
    • Saltine Crackers
    • Sugar Free Chocolate Pudding Cup
  • Snack
    • Greek Key Lime Yogurt
  • Dinner
    • Orange Roughy (but substitute Whiting Fillets)
  • Snack
    • Chocolate Protein Powder Pudding

Actual Foods Eaten:

  • Breakfast
    • Rice Chex Cereal Lucky Charms Cereal
    • Skim Milk
    • 1 Egg
    • Coffee with Sugar Free Creamer
  • Snack
    • Banana Flavored Vanilla Protein Shake
  • Lunch
    • Beef and Barley Soup
    • Saltine Crackers
    • Sugar Free Chocolate Pudding Cup
    • Skinny Cow Chocolate Peanut Butter Wafer Crisp
  • Snack
    • Greek Key Lime Yogurt
    • Handful of Milk Duds (last of them in my milk duds box)
  • Dinner
    • Orange Roughy (but substitute Whiting Fillets)
    • Applebees Oriental Chicken Salad (Crispy Chicken – 1/2 salad)
    • Spinach Artichoke Dip
  • Snack
    • Chocolate Protein Powder Pudding
    • Eating for Life Anytime Sundae (Made with frozen bananas, vanilla protein powder, skim milk)